Taught course

Legal Practice LLM Top-up

London Metropolitan University · Guildhall School of Business and Law

Entry requirements

A successful applicant will normally be required to have: Completion of an English or Welsh LPC.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

You will be learning to apply academic understanding and research techniques to the analysis of law, policy and practice within your chosen area. We also aim to help you produce analytical, creative and original research that demonstrates the relationships between substantive law, policy, socio-economic context and legal practice.

This additional qualification is designed to enhance your career prospects, demonstrate your research capabilities and knowledge of a particular legal area, whatever branch of law you intend to follow.

We aim to find students appropriately linked vocational activity during their degree. We are fortunate to have a full time placement and employability officer dedicated to Law students.

Course structure

The course consists of a taught research module (taken in the autumn), consisting of lectures and workshops; and a supervised 12,000-15,000 word dissertation (taken in spring/summer).

Module 1 Autumn:

  • Research Methodology

Module leader: Cliff Snaith

Assessment: 1500 word report/2500 word proposal for
research project.

Module 2 Spring/Summer:

  • Supervised dissertation

Module leader: Janet Loveless

Assessment: 12000-15000 word dissertation.


Coursework and dissertation.

Career opportunities

An LLM can enhance the LPC which qualifies you to enter into Work-Based Learning with a firm of solicitors or an in-house legal department. The LPC also provides a good grounding for practice as a paralegal, in local or health authorities, in local or central government, in commerce either in company secretarial/governance/ regulatory areas or if you aspire to being on a board of directors.

There are many regulatory roles, not just in commerce/ financial services but also for example in the environmental field. A background in housing/employment could be a route into local government or the voluntary sector.

Organisations our legal graduates have gone on to work for include the BBC, John Lewis PLC, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Citizens Advice Bureau, numerous local councils and many firms of solicitors.

Course contact details

Course leader: Janet Loveless

Email: j.loveless@londonmet.ac.uk

Tel: 0207 133 4947

Module leader for Research Methodology: Cliff Snaith

Email: c.snaith@londonmet.ac.uk

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202